Our teaching will continue from Torah, The Law of Moses from Numbers 26.1-7.
AND THE TITLE OF OUR MESSAGE IS, THE LORD IS A MAN OF WAR. THE LORD IS HIS NAME.
So with that said, let’s read Numbers 26.1-7.
NUMBERS 26.1 The plague killed 24,000 Israelites. NUMBERS 25.9
The LORD leveled a plague upon the Children of Israel for their whoring with the Moabite women that led GOD’S People to idolatry, bowing down to their Moabite gods, infuriating The LORD their GOD.
GOD’s Name is Jealous for GOD is a Jealous GOD. GOD is a Jealous GOD because He is Offended and Furious when His People worship another god other than Himself. That is idolatry. And for their sin of idolatry, The Children of Israel lost 24,000 dead in the plague. EXODUS 34.14
After the Children of Israel made the golden calf, an idol of a god they thought for some reason would lead them to the Promised Land, GOD’S wrath was so hot with anger that He told Moses He would consume the Children of Israel and make of Moses a greater Nation. But of course, GOD changed His mind. EXODUS 32.7-10, 30-35
Continuing with NUMBERS 26.1-2 The LORD spoke to Moses and Eleazar, the son of Aaron the Priest and said, Take the sum of all the Congregation of the Children of Israel from twenty years old and above, all that are able to go to war in Israel.
The Children of Israel were in Moab in a place called Shittim just before crossing the Jordan into the Promised Land Canaan. And The LORD was preparing His People for war to fight against the ten nations of Canaan, nations greater and stronger than them: the Kenites, the Kenizites, the Kadomites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites, and the Jebusites. DEUTERONOMY 4.37-40, GENESIS 15.18-21
And the total number of Jewish men twenty years old and above who were able to go to war in Israel was 601,730. NUMBERS 26.51
GOD IS A MAN OF WAR.
GOD prepared His People for war to defend themselves against their many enemies who had and today have NO cause to fight Israel and the Jewish People except for their anti-Semitism and jealousy.
EXODUS 14.30-31 The Exodus, some 3,400 years ago from Egypt, began after 400 years of Jewish slavery under the yoke of the Egyptians. The Exodus was a miracle of GOD. Some three million Jewish People with a mixed multitude of Gentiles called the Host of The LORD began their journey to the Promised Land.
It was a night to be greatly observed to The LORD for bringing His Jewish People out from the land of Egypt. EXODUS 12.40-41
(EXODUS 12.40) Thirty years with Jacob’s son Joseph, the Governor of Egypt, was not slavery. 400 years was slavery. GENESIS 15.13
But immediately after The Children of Israel left Egypt, GOD hardened Pharaoh’s heart making him stubborn and courageous. So Pharaoh decided to chase after the Children of Israel with his mighty army to annihilate GOD’S People from off the face of the earth. It didn’t work. And never will.
And we know what happened. GOD IS A MAN OF WAR.
With the Red Sea in front of the Children of Israel, and the Egyptian Army charging after them, The LORD GOD opened the ocean allowing His People to cross on dry ground.
But when the Egyptian army followed after them into the open sea on dry ground, GOD THE LORD dropped the ocean on the Egyptians, and their chariots, and the horsemen killing them all. Not leaving one Egyptian alive.
And The Children of Israel praised The LORD, and they sang this song. I will sing unto The LORD for He has triumphed gloriously. The horse and his rider has He thrown into the sea. The LORD is my Strength and my Song, and He has become my Salvation. He is my GOD, and I will prepare a House for Him. My father’s GOD, and I will exalt Him.
THE LORD IS A MAN OF WAR. THE LORD IS HIS NAME. EXODUS 15.1-3
And the Children of Israel continued on their journey to The Promised Land. But not without many hateful wars from nations who hated them for no reason.
And just before the Children of Israel came to Mount Sinai, the Amalekites attacked them. And the Children of Israel had just come out of 400 years of slavery. EXODUS 17.8-9
So Moses told Joshua to choose out men to fight Amalek. Tomorrow, Moses said, I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of GOD in my hand.
And Israel fought with Amalek. And Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. And when Moses held up his hand, Israel was winning the battle. But when Moses let his hand down, the Amalekites prevailed.
But Moses’ hands grew heavy and tired. So Aaron and Hur took a stone and put it under Moses and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur held his hands up until sundown.
And Joshua defeated Amalek and his people and killed them with the edge of the sword.
And The LORD said to Moses, Write this in a book for a memorial, and speak My Words to Joshua. For I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.
And Moses built an altar and called it, YEHOVAH NISSI, THE LORD IS MY BANNER. For Moses said, Because The LORD has sworn that The LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.
The Amalekites are no longer a people. Nor do the Amalekites exist any more or any where on the face of the earth as so many will experience that fate who hate Israel and the Jewish People. EXODUS 17.8-16, GENESIS 12.3
The LORD is like a Mighty Man of War. He goes to war against His enemies. He has held His peace for too long. And GOD will destroy His enemies. ISAIAH 42.13-17
Let GOD arise. Let His enemies be scattered. Let them also that hate Him flee before Him.
GOD’S ENEMIES AND THOSE WHO HATE HIM ARE EXPLAINED IN THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.
GOD’S ENEMIES BOW DOWN AND SERVE IDOLS.
AND GOD’S ENEMIES REJECT GOD’S COMMANDMENTS, ALL HIS LAWS THAT ARE WRITTEN IN THE LAW OF MOSES. PSALM 68.1-8, HEBREW BIBLE PSALM 68.2-9, EXODUS 20.2-6
GOD said to the Children of Israel, I send an Angel before you to guard you on the way and bring you into the Place which I have prepared.
THE ANGEL WAS GOD HIMSELF.
And GOD said to the People, Beware of Him, and obey His Voice. Do not provoke Him for He will not pardon your transgressions, for My Name is in Him. But if you will indeed obey His Voice and do all that I speak, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries. EXODUS 23.20-25
And The LORD said to Israel, “When you go out to battle against your enemies, and see horses and chariots, and people more than you, do not be afraid of them. For The LORD your GOD is with you which brought you up out of the land of Egypt.”
Today GOD says to His Jewish People in Israel, When you go out to battle against your enemies and see tanks, and planes and ships, and people more than you, do not be afraid of them, for The LORD YOUR GOD is with you which brought you up out the land of Egypt. DEUTERONOMY 20.1-20
The LORD fights for Israel, and The LORD fights for all those who obey His Voice and do all that He speaks. DEUTERONOMY 8.3, MATTHEW 4.4, LUKE 4.4
When the Children of Israel saw the Egyptian army charging after them, and the Red Sea in front of them, these are the words that Moses Shouted to the People.
DO NOT FEAR THEM. STAND STILL AND SEE THE SALVATION OF THE LORD. EXODUS 14.10-18
THE LORD IS THE KING OF GLORY, MIGHTY IN BATTLE. PSALM 24.8
Jericho was a walled city in Canaan that Israel had to defeat when they crossed into Canaan.
And when Joshua was by Jericho, he looked up and there stood a Man before him with His sword drawn in His Hand. And Joshua went to Him and said, Are you for us or for our adversaries? And The Man said, No, but as the Captain of The HOST of the LORD I am now come.
And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped Him. And said to Him, What does my LORD say to His servant? And the Captain of the Host said to Joshua, Take off your shoes, for the place where you stand is Holy.
AND JOSHUA DID SO FOR THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY.
THE SAME LORD GOD ALMIGHTY WHO WRESTLED WITH JACOB, WHO SAID TO JACOB, YOUR NAME SHALL NOT BE CALLED JACOB ANYMORE BUT ISRAEL. FOR AS A PRINCE YOU HAVE POWER WITH GOD AND WITH MEN, AND YOU HAVE PREVAILED.
AND JACOB CALLED THE NAME OF THE PLACE PENIEL, FOR I HAVE SEEN GOD FACE TO FACE AND MY LIFE IS PRESERVED.
AS JOSHUA’S LIFE WAS PRESERVED FOR HE ALSO SAW GOD FACE TO FACE. JOSHUA 5.13-15
Now Jericho was tightly shut because of the Children of Israel. None went out, and none came in.
And The LORD said to Joshua, See, I have given Jericho into your hand, and the King of Jericho, and the mighty men of valor.
You shall march around the city once, all your men of war. You shall do that for six days.
And seven Priests shall go before the Ark of the Covenant carrying seven Shofars. And on the seventh day your men of war shall march around the city seven times and the Priests shall blow their Shofars.
And when they make a long blast on their Shofars, and when you hear the sound of the Shofars, all the People will give a mighty Shout, and the city wall will collapse and fall down flat. And the People will advance and go forward.
And Joshua called the Priests, and said to them, Take up the Ark of the Covenant and have seven Priests carry seven Shofars before the Ark of The LORD. And march around the City. And those who are armed shall go before the Ark of The LORD.
So the seven Priests marched before The LORD and blew their Shofars. And the Ark of the Covenant of The LORD followed them. And the armed men went before the Priests who blew their Shofars. And the rear guard came after the Ark. And the Priests went on blowing their Shofars.
And Joshua commanded the People not to shout nor make any noise with their mouth until the day he tells them to Shout. Then you shall Shout. So the People did this every day.
And on the seventh day, the Priests and the men of war rose up early at daybreak and marched around the city in the same manner seven times. That was the only day they marched around the city seven times.
And on the seventh circuit around the city, when the Priests blew their Shofars, Joshua said to the People, SHOUT for The LORD has given you the city. And the city shall be cursed and all that are in it, to The LORD. Only Rahab the harlot shall live. She and all that are with her in the house because she hid the messengers that we sent.
So the People SHOUTED with a great voice when the Priests blew their Shofars, and the wall fell down flat. And the People went in and took the city as The LORD said. JOSHUA 6
A MIRACLE OF MIRACLES. OUR GOD IS A GOD OF MIRACLES.
THE LORD IS A MAN OF WAR. THE LORD IS HIS NAME. DEUTERONOMY 1.30, DEUTERONOMY 3.1-6, 22, DEUTERONOMY 6.4, MARK 12.29
When the Jewish People returned to Israel from the 70 year Babylonian Exile to rebuild The Temple and Jerusalem, The LORD GOD frustrated the plans of the enemy. That is GOD made their plans useless to prevent the Jewish People from their work in restoring Jerusalem and The Temple. CHRISTIAN BIBLE NEHEMIAH 4.13-15, HEBREW BIBLE NEHEMIAH 4.9
The LORD defends those who put their trust in Him. CHRISTIAN BIBLE PSALM 5.11-12, HEBREW BIBLE PSALM 5.12-13, CHRISTIAN BIBLE PSALM 31.1-5, HEBREW BIBLE PSALM 31.2-6
President Trump and Israel are considering moving the American Embassy to the Jewish Capital Jerusalem where it belongs. Let them trust in The LORD Who defends, delivers, and preserves Jerusalem. ISAIAH 31.5
The King of Assyria came against the Cities of Judah, sending his General to speak foolishly, saying to the Jewish People, Do not let King Hezekiah make you trust in The LORD.
That was a huge mistake. Because the Angel of The LORD went to Assyria and killed 185,000 of the Assyrian army. And then moved two of the Assyrian King’s sons to kill the King. ISAIAH 36.1-2, 13-15, ISAIAH 37.36-38
And at some time in the future when The LORD GOD brings the armies of all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, GOD, MESSIAH YESHUA at His Return will kill them all. Their flesh will consume away while they stand on their feet, and their eyes will consume away in their holes, and their tongue will consume away in their mouth.
AND THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, YESHUA THE MESSIAH WILL SAVE HIS PEOPLE ISRAEL
And the heathen will know that GOD sent the Jewish People into exile throughout the world because of their transgressions. But The LORD will bring His Jewish People back to their Land, the Land of Israel to live safely in the Kingdom of GOD to the Euphrates River for 1,000 years that will be like the Garden of Eden. And Messiah will be King over all the earth from Jerusalem.
And after the 1,000 years, Eternity in Heaven will follow. Where GOD will wipe away all tears from our eyes, and there will be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain. For the former things will have passed away. ZECHARIAH 14.1-3, 12, EZEKIEL 39.25-29, MATTHEW 24.29-31, ZECHARIAH 14.9, ISAIAH 51.3, REVELATION 20.7-15, REVELATION 21.4, REVELATION 22
TRUST ALWAYS IN THE LORD. FOR THE LORD IS A MAN OF WAR. THE LORD IS HIS NAME.
Ira Weinstein, Congregational Leader